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06 Dec 13
Optical sensors turn cars to into mobile rainfall testers

Combination of infrared sensors and GPS reveal regional rainfall variations, giving greater detail than fixed gauges.

05 Dec 13
Limits of 3D optical microscopy extended

Novel approach to biological imaging developed by Vienna-based consortium; suited to sensitive and dynamic samples.

27 Nov 13
Stuttgart opens laser-Doppler vibrometry center

Aims to adapt engineering tests to biomechanics applications for medical benefits.

22 Nov 13
Singapore’s A*STAR funds additive manufacturing program

Industry-focused scheme to develop a variety of laser-based processes for making high performance components.

20 Nov 13
Netherlands lab to investigate thin-film solar cells

Solliance, Eindhoven University of Technology open high-precision solar test facility on Philips campus.

20 Nov 13
Solar cells utilize ‘wasted’ thermal radiation

Photo-conversion efficiency and output improved as upconverters make infrared radiation count.

20 Nov 13
UK funds development of laser-printable paper biosensors

Paper-based tests for disease biomarkers could transform patient diagnostics.

15 Nov 13
High-brightness laser diodes grow in power and deployments

Photonex conference hears of progress in performance – and application of – high power diode lasers.

14 Nov 13
Swiss researchers boost CIGS efficiency to 20.4%

Refined recipe for high-efficiency solar cells, using sodium and potassium doping, published in Nature Materials.

06 Nov 13
Novel QCL generates 1W of terahertz output

TU Vienna researchers develop symmetrical cascade laser to boost power. Applications in identifying molecular "fingerprints".

06 Nov 13
UK-Russia partnership developing new photonics R&D center

Universities of Aston and Novosibirsk establish Russian research pole for fiber-optics, lasers and nonlinear photonics.

30 Oct 13
UK cancer imaging centers win £35m funding boost

Nationwide initiative to develop cutting-edge imaging technologies for research.

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